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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

IMAGE COURTESY @ DIPALAY DEY

Indian Air Force Museum at the Palam Air Force Station in Delhi has been opened to the visitors after being closed due to the CCP Virus pandemic in the country and some of the visitors were surprised to see a Pakistani Air Force operated F-86 Sabre fighter jets that were supplied by the United States was getting ready for its restoration work.

Earlier this year, while commemorating 50 years of defeating Pakistan in the 1971 war, Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief RKS Bhadauria was gifted a legacy F-86 Sabre aircraft as a return gift from Dhaka. F-86 Sabre that arrived came with Bangladeshi markings and will be restored to its original paint scheme of the PAF by the staff of the Museum that is overlooking the restoration work.

PAF in Dhaka had stationed 14 Chinese F-6 (Mig-19) and 14 F-86 Sabre at the time of war and half of this fleet was either destroyed on the ground on in dogfights with the IAF jets. IAF’s Folland Gnat that was nicknamed “Sabre Slayer” had scored three kills in a single mission while intercepting 4 F-86 Sabre over West Bengal airspace in the 1971 war.

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